Clavicle Fractures – Treatment and Management

The clavicle is a long slender bone that connects your arm to your body. It runs horizontally and lies between the scapula and breastbone. Clavicle fractures are common. Studies show that it accounts for about 5% of all duly fractures. They are more common in children, accounting for about 8 to 15 percent of children fractures.

According to a 2016 Swedish study, 68% of clavicle fractures occur in males. Males between 15 and 24 years old are more likely to experience these fractures. However, in people older than 65 years, women are more likely to experience the condition.

Clavicle fractures may occur differently. However, studies show that 80% of them occur in the middle part of the collarbone. This is because it is not strongly attached to muscles and ligaments like the other parts of the bone.

Clavicle fracture can be caused by various factors. The most common causes are traffic accidents, falls, and sports injuries.

What Is a Clavicle Fracture?

A clavicle fracture is simply a break in the collarbone. The human body has two clavicles. They are long, slender, S-shaped bones that connect the shoulders to the upper chest. Collarbone fracture accounts for about 5% of all bone fractures in adults.

A clavicle fracture can occur in one spot or break into multiple pieces. A clavicle fracture that breaks into multiple pieces is known as comminuted fracture. If the broken pieces of the bone may line up or end up out of place, it is known as displaced fracture.